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Sunil Gulati, Bob Bradley comment on U.S. soccer coaching contract

As you know, Bob Bradley will continue as U.S. national team coach after agreeing Monday to a contract extension through the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. On a conference call with reporters, Bradley and USSF President Sunil Gulati will discuss the issue.

I will update this post throughout the discussion.....

UPDATE: The complete transcript from the USSF is now available.

Gulati: "We get a chance to build on everything that has happened over four years. Bob has done a great job putting a group of players together, not just in the World Cup. His record speaks for itself."

Gulati, on Bradley's interest in other jobs: "He wanted the ability to explore other opportunities. We had no problem with that." The reason to renew: "Experience, his record, especially in games that mattered, and we had to weight that against the issue of eight years and that things might get stale."

I asked Gulati whether he spoke to Juergen Klinsmann and, if so, why he decided to go in this route. He declined to comment, other than to say: "We're here to talk about Bob. I'm not going to talk about other candidates."

Gulati, on the World Cup aftermath: "The disappointing part was not in the team or in Bob's effort. The disappointment was that you want one more game. With a little time to reflect, you look back and it was a good World Cup experience. We're in a situation where we can advance. If we had finished second in the group and lost to Germany 2-1, we would have felt differently."

Bradley, on the process: "It was pretty clear it was getting to the point when a decision would be reached. I was pleased to get the call to come to New York and talk about continuing."

Gulati, on timeline after the World Cup: "I made it clear we were going to take some time. ... We didn't want to take the time it took four years ago. Bob is the best choice for us going forward."

For much more.....

Bradley, on his options: "The respect that we have gained has been significant and that also means there is a great respect internationally for the job done on the coaching side. It was nice to talk to people in different sitations and get a sense of what opportunities that exist now or going forward." He said he explored the Aston Villa and Fulham openings but did not have any formal discussions.

Gulati, on sticking with an American coach: Having knowledge of the American setup is a plus, to understand how U.S. players tick, but that doesn't mean we wouldn't consider a foreign coach.

Bradley, on player pool going forward: "It's identifying players and beginning the process of bringing them into camps and getting them games. I think our staff did an excellent job of that in the last cycle and we'll look to do a better job this cycle. ... We try to find the right time, the right place to introduce new players into the national team. The next fixture dates [in early October] give us opportunities," but there are conflicts with the MLS schedule during the crucial playoff push.

Gulati, on having a coach for eight years again: "We have had more stability, and that is a positive. All the positives greatly outweigh the other concerns. And now we have a coach who has coached in 70 games internationally."

Bradley, on the evolving player pool: "When I look back, we do believe we brought some good players into the mix and got them experience. The balance we had before with younger players was a good one. We'll have to work in all those ways again. As we begin a new cycle, it begins all over again."

Bradley, on what needs improvement: "The ability to be more successful in the hardest games. For example, we had stretches in the last four years where our defending as a team was very good, and yet in the most important games, it doesn't mean you do as well as you need to. Things get put to the test."

Bradley, on his vision for the next four years: "The idea that we are a team that is mobile, athletic and technically, while not yet at the level of the top teams, we continue to be a team that is improving -- pass the ball well, create chances -- and combine those things with an overall team concept."

Bradley: "We feel good about what we have accomplished in the last four years, but that doesn't mean that we think it is all perfect. That is what motivates us and our players, so we will continue to work at it."

By Steve Goff  |  August 31, 2010; 12:01 PM ET
Categories:  U.S. men's national team , USSF  | Tags: Bob Bradley, USSF  
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Gulati is a moron. I definitely think the American public deserves a little bit of insight into the thought process that went into this hiring (extension). He is always so tight-lipped about everything. How do we Gulati fired?

Posted by: USSoccerFan | August 31, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to hear the answer to the Klinsmann question! Thanks for asking at least...

Posted by: beergorila | August 31, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

I guess Klinsmann said no a second time, huh?

Posted by: Juan-John1 | August 31, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

"but there are conflicts with the MLS schedule during the crucial playoff push"

Either the national team is a priority or it isn't. For god's sake they are still going around on this after Klinsmann told them this was a big issue 4 years ago. Nicely done US Soccer!

Posted by: colel1 | August 31, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

cole: they are meaningless friendlies. Who cares? They are used to identify new players.

Posted by: Reignking | August 31, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Pure speculation: If Capello makes $10 million coaching England, what does that make Klinsmann's value?


If Klinsmann is worth the same, or anywhere near it, the US would have to pay him 10x or more what they are paying Bob.

Does the US even have that kind of cash, and would it be worth it to spend it? To win 1 more game in the WC? 2?

Posted by: JkR- | August 31, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Gulati, on having a coach for eight years again: "We have had more stability, and that is a positive. All the positives greatly outweigh the other concerns. And now we have a coach who has coached in 70 games internationally."

Sunil: The problem with your concept of "stability" is we're supposed to be moving forward instead of "standing still!"

What a mistake for Gulati/USSF to not relinquish control of player development and coach MNT to Klinnsman in favor of preserving their own fantasy of success.

Posted by: dayface | August 31, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

cole1, what do you want to do? They are friendlies in the very begining of the cycle.

Bradley will do a good job bringing people in, besides a lot are in europe: Lichaj, Bedoya, Cervi, Diskerud, Peterlin, Doyle, Grella, Gale Boss...

He has already identified Brek Shea by bringing him in 2 years ago for a camp. Obviously Mwanga won't qualify until next April.

Bob Bradley isn't afraid to bring in youth, and he will reach out to Opara and others. He's already brought in some players like Gonzalez and Cronin.

He'll let the U-20's do their world cup cycle before dipping into that player pool.

He'll bring in youth, you can count on it. He'll help Charlie Davies too, which people should like.

Posted by: MrCerniglia | August 31, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

I'm plenty happy with his return. So there.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | August 31, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

He got the job because his son is a central midfielder.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | August 31, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

I'm pefectly fine with Bob likely not being able to call up MLS based guys who are still playing in October. it will give him a chance to bring in some younger, more talented, euro based players rather than give more chances to guys like Marshall, Findley, and Rogers who have squandered their opportunities over and over.

Posted by: VTUnited | August 31, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Really Sunil you appear to be a fan of repetitiveness.

"We have had more stability, and that is a positive. All the positives greatly outweigh the other concerns."

The 2002 World Cup was the high point of Arena's career as the U.S. coach.

The U.S. national squad fell short of expectations at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, finishing last in Group E...

U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati explained Arena's dismissal, stating that the U.S. was seeking a "fresh approach."

Posted by: csd1 | August 31, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Aris is trying to get Johnson as last minute transfer...

Posted by: Reignking | August 31, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

“The one good thing about repeating your mistakes is that you know when to cringe”

Posted by: csd1 | August 31, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Sunil Gulati is a hack; a non-playing hack who is only interested in maintaining his little fiefdom the way it is. The year is 1065 for US Soccer.

Posted by: Boogie_Knight | August 31, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

I'm plenty happy with his return. So there.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | August 31, 2010 12:57 PM |

succinct overview of the pro-BB defense.

if they could not deal with klinsmann or identify another high-profile option why not dominic kinnear? kinnear played professionally, not to mention has had enormous success as a 'younger' coach. kinnear represents the next generation of US soccer minds. BB is an extension of arena. guys like kinnear and kreis are the way forward - guys with a legit shot at paving the way to europe. this was CLEARLY the time to make that transition...

Posted by: rainORshine | August 31, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I like it, rainORshine, your critique actually has a realistic counter proposal...

More of this please....

Posted by: JkR- | August 31, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

@ rainORsunshine

Kinnear is a quality coach, without a doubt. But how, right now, Kinnear is a better option than Bradley (who has the experince, has a very strong track record and actually wants another shot at the job) is byond me. I can see a new MLS coach being the best option if BB passes, but BB is available. So...yeah.

Look change for change sake is sometimes just a change, it does not necessarily mean improvement.

Posted by: Kosh2 | August 31, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

He got the job because his team won the Gold Cup, finished first in CONCACAF qualifying, got 3 goals against Egypt when they needed 3 goals, because his team was one of only 2 teams to beat in the last 2 years, and because they got a stoppage-time goal to beat Algeria and win their World Cup group. Not too shabby.

Also, I'm pretty sure Gulati is not a moron or a cab-driver.

Posted by: fischy | August 31, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Oops -- that should read:

"because his team was one of only 2 teams to beat Spain in the last 2 years..."

Posted by: fischy | August 31, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

I've always been in favor of Peter Nowak. I think he also represents the next generation of US soccer minds.

Posted by: redskinsux | August 31, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

I've got to concur w/ JkR- here. For all of you saying Gulati is an idiot for not hiring Klinsmann, ask yourselves where the USSF is going to find the $10 million to pay him. Bradley makes less than $500,000.

This might be more of a $$ decision than we're making it out to be.

Posted by: cho_kettie | August 31, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Btw fischy, congratulations on winning the gentlemen's bet we agreed on earlier in the preseason.

Posted by: redskinsux | August 31, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the USSF could get the money by scheduling lots of games for Mexico here, or selling qualifier TV rights to PPV services -- oh wait, the same loudmouth critics would lose their stuff over that.

Posted by: fischy | August 31, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

"For all of you saying Gulati is an idiot for not hiring Klinsmann, ask yourselves where the USSF is going to find the $10 million to pay him. Bradley makes less than $500,000."

I'm not saying he's an idiot for not hiring Klinsmann (although I would have preferred him), I'm saying he's an idiot for not giving us more insight into the hiring process. He won't even address the question about talking to Klinsmann, he just brushed it off for no good reason. I think we deserve to know what happened there.

Posted by: USSoccerFan | August 31, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Vince Gray Stadium News:
We have a real desire to keep DC United in DC but because of the economy we struggle to keep basic services going.... zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
http://www.vincegrayformayor.com/multimedia/watch/vince_gray_replies_to_mightytastie_about_dc_united

Posted by: dsheon1 | August 31, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Also, I'm pretty sure Gulati is not a moron or a cab-driver.
Posted by: fischy
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Gulati's family is from the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh and, as everyone knows, cab drivers are from Punjab.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 31, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

@redskinsux -- I take no pleasure in seeing DC United turn in such a stinker of a season. Hopefully, they can come up with a quality prospect in the draft (too bad they surrendered the 21st pick in exchange for Stephen King) -- and some solid foreign signings -- but the team's recent track record gives little reason for hope.

Posted by: fischy | August 31, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

I can not believe we have four more years of Bob Bradley!! If Gulati could not sign Klinsmann than we need to find someone that can!! If we can not afford Klinsmann why not hire American couch that knows the game for instance Dominic Kinnear.

Posted by: robby7va | August 31, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Wow that's the first time Gray failed to deliver a signed blank check to ANY aggrieved DC constituency. I wonder why.

Bradley makes $600k base plus incentives, and that was the old deal. I agree with the "value" argument, but get it right.

And the US lost 3 of 5 games at the Confed Cup. Stop talking about that like it's the pinnacle of human achievement.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | August 31, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

I'm not saying he's an idiot for not hiring Klinsmann (although I would have preferred him), I'm saying he's an idiot for not giving us more insight into the hiring process. He won't even address the question about talking to Klinsmann, he just brushed it off for no good reason. I think we deserve to know what happened there.

Posted by: USSoccerFan

It's the press conference to promote the guy you hired / extended. What is there to gain?

Posted by: Reignking | August 31, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Klinsi refused to wear Nike warm ups.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 31, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Gulati is the one holding back US Men's soccer. A new USSF president is long overdue.

Posted by: VAreader | August 31, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

when you are evaluating the USMNT, I assume most are looking at 2 things:
1) results
2) the 'eye test' - how they actually look playing.

as for results the bar was set AS LOW AS POSSIBLE - to qualify out of group. mission accomplished. no less, no more.

as for as quality of on-field product, i dont even see BB supporters trying to defend this.

we know exactly what BB brings to table. 2/3 of us want more. if you hire a dominic kinnear is there a risk you dont qualify for WC? NO. is it POSSIBLE you find something better? YES

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arena, BB, schmidt, hyndmann - guys who grew up in the 60s, coached in college, graduated to MLS. theae guys are the equivalent of guys like harkes, balboa, ramos, wynalda, etc as far as the quality of football in their blood.

guys like kinnnear and kreis grew up in the 70's, played professionally and immediatley moved into professional coaching. these guys are the soccer-equivalent of guys like reyna, mcbride, sanneh, pope, moore,etc.

the donovan/dempsey caliber US coach is probably just winding down their playing career. the coaching will always lag behind the players - which is why i wanted to see a guys like klinsmann.

but the next best thing is to graduate from the arena/BB model to the kinnear generation.

nothing really to lose, plenty to gain,,,

Posted by: rainORshine | August 31, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Looks like another 4 years without Adu.

Posted by: hacksaw | August 31, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

I think Nowak will be THE guy for the next cycle, but I dont understand how anyone on here could argue that there are any other MLS coaches who would be clear upgrades over Bob at this point (including Bruce). As Kosh2 pointed out, bringin in Kinnear or Siggi would just be change for the sake of change, which is not always a good thing.

USSoccerFan - do you think it would have been appropriate for Sunil to discuss his potential pursuit of Klinsmann (for the 2nd time), while at a press conference to officially welcome back Bob Bradley? Did Dan Snyder talk about Bill Cowher when he hired Jim Zorn?

Posted by: VTUnited | August 31, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

@fischy

Yeah agreed. It's been hard to keep up with DCU and this blog because I've been out of the country since the start of the WC. (and won't be back in the States until at least March of next year) Fortunately, I haven't been missing much, although I do want to see Andy Najar play. He's one bright spot in this disastrous season.

So much to say, I suppose I have time for a quick rant.

Carey Talley starting in the back and wearing the captains armband. Really? He joined the team well after preseason and has been personally responsible for many of the defensive shortcomings.
Juan Pena was great in the preseason showing his old legs still have enough to compete in MLS. But for whatever reason, Talley seemed to take over the defensive leadership position and now he is injured and deflated after taking a massive paycut and seeing his fellow countrymen, Moreno, being forced out.

Troy Perkins! What the hell happened here? We gave up a first round pick, Fred and allocation money for him?!

I'm just going to name the players I can think of that the FO has brought in and have screwed it up in one way or another.

-Zach Wells
-Marcelo Gallardo
-Gonzalo Martinez
-Gonzalo Peralta
-Franco Neill
-Janicki (Remember Concacaf?)
-Curt Onalfo
-Crayton
-Dyachenko
-Boscovic?
-The way they dealt with Gomez and now Moreno.

What's going on here with the Front Office? If now isn't a good time, when will it be time for them to step down? There MUST be change in everything or else it is doomed to fail. (history proves this).

There's much more but that's all I can think of right now. Tomorrow I head to the coast in Ecuador and probably won't have computer access for a while. Enjoy the U.S. Open Cup match tomorrow and Vamos United!


Posted by: redskinsux | August 31, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

All I can say is poor Freddy Adu. Another four years of a coach that thinks you stink.

Posted by: hacksaw | August 31, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Weird double posting. Sorry for repetition repetition.....

Posted by: hacksaw | August 31, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Adu should be nowhere near the USMNT right now. Bradley gave his chances -- his teams haven't.

I'm not worried about the coaching -- I'm worried about who is actually on the field. Bob Bradley isn't the one giving up goals early.

Posted by: Reignking | August 31, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

well put rainORshine, but I still think the team is another cycle away from using a younger gen coach like a Kinnear, Kreis, or Nowak.

Posted by: VTUnited | August 31, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm not worried about the coaching -- I'm worried about who is actually on the field.
Posted by: Reignking
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+1

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 31, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

OT: for all of us weekend warriors playing in adult leagues, thought you'd find this of interest:
http://www.potomacsoccerwire.com/news/5322/12633

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | August 31, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | August 31, 2010 3:24 PM

Thanks for that, I remember having to sub out a player a few years ago in McLean whose 'feet were burning up' 15 minutes into a noon start in June.

A great column by Mr Hummer...

Posted by: JkR- | August 31, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Regarding the supporters of Klinnsman over Bradley I have two words:

Inferiority complex

I could go on but I need to pick my daughter up from school.

Posted by: Unitedfury | August 31, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Terrible transfer summer for Americans.

Posted by: Reignking | August 31, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

'm not worried about the coaching -- I'm worried about who is actually on the field.
Posted by: Reignking
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+1

Posted by: I-270Exit1

occasionally the coach has some input as to who takes the field.

BB v dominic kinnear:
MLS credentials (regular season - subject to small error):
W%: BB - 43, DK - 41
W+D%: BB - 67(L-32), DK - 74 (L-26)

BB: 1 MLS cup (98) 2 division champ (00,01)
DK: 2 MLS cups (06, 07) 3 div champs (05,08,09)

no, not change for sake of change, change for the hope of something better with very little risk of being worse...

Posted by: rainORshine | August 31, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I like the Bradley resign. I see this team stepping forwards with Bradley. Any argument I put forth in meaningless at this point as people are already polarized in their positions. I guess I will just enjoy the upcoming four years of US soccer. By enjoy I mean a constant state of nervousness but loving it the whole way.

Posted by: grubbsbl | August 31, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

All I can say is poor Freddy Adu. Another four years of a coach that thinks you stink.

Posted by: hacksaw | August 31, 2010 3:08 PM |

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You mean his coach at Aris?

Posted by: fischy | August 31, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Reignking.. I am actually glad most Americans stayed were they where. (With the exception of Adu and Johnson). Maybe Onyewu should have left Milan. I think M. Bradley continues to grow where he is, same with Edu. Holden is in the right spot and Dempsey always gets shafted in the beginning of the season and then works his way into the starting 11 and produces.

Posted by: grubbsbl | August 31, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

I don't know why people keep saying Bradley is just another continuation of Arena with the insinuation being that is somehow a bad thing. That's wrong on two levels.

First, Arena was the greatest manager this country has ever produced, both at the club and national team level. Second, Bradley is not an Arena clone, not tactically, not in talent, not in anything.

DC United was under his guidance one of the most entertaining clubs I've ever seen anywhere. The chemistry and freedom in attack, along with the solidity in defense was satisfying, attractive and dominant.

The 2002 world cup is by far the proudest I've ever been of US soccer, and in my opinion we freaking beat the crap out of Germany in every aspect of the game and were cheated out of victory.

His decisions during the course of that cup were flawless: when it was apparent that Agoos had lost a step and could not keep up at that level, he replaced him immediately with Llamosa and the defense was stellar from there on. The decision to have Mastroeni shadow Blanco was instrumental to one of the greatest and most satisfying victories in our history. Just the sound of "two-nil" still gives me a woodie every time.

Yes, 2006 was a black mark, but that does not take away what he accomplished.

Compare this to Bradley being unable to see the obvious regarding Findley and Clark, just as one glaring example.

Bradley is not a bad coach, his teams play hard, and that is nothing to sneeze at. But his game has big holes and he ain't no Arena.

Sorry for the slightly off-topic rant.

Posted by: uranderson | August 31, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

grubbs: yeah, I'm more concerned with the guys that should've moved, but didn't, and you pointed the two out that I was thinking about. But Feilhaber at a 2nd division Danish team?

Max Cream to an English 9th division? Kenny Cooper, Jay DeMerit (more to come there, I'm sure)...probably like everyone else, just not much going on this summer.

Posted by: Reignking | August 31, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

I forgot about Feilhaber. That is bad news. I would have thought he could have moved somewhere better, well there is always Sasha Kljestian...

Posted by: grubbsbl | August 31, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Sasha was a win...must've been his World Cup performance.

Posted by: Reignking | August 31, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

@RainORshine -- Despite their nearly identical winning percentage (Bradley's is actually better), Kinnear's accomplishments are tied to having a much more talented team. Without DeRosario, Clark and Holden, and with an aging veteran cast, Houston is stinking it up this year. Do we assume Kinnear's a lousy coach, based on what Houston is doing this year? I happen to think Kinnear is a good coach. So is Bradley. Kreis is looking like one, too -- but his time is way in the future.

Posted by: fischy | August 31, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

I like the Bradley re-sign. [...] Any argument I put forth in meaningless at this point as people are already polarized in their positions.
Posted by: grubbsbl
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Or you can pull a GeneWells and insinuate that everyone else is too dense to appreciated your nuanced arguments.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 31, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Looks like EJ is staying at Fulham.

Posted by: Reignking | August 31, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

uranderson - agree with all of that. the comparison is in their footballing 'pedigree'. born in 50s, played at college, coached college, then graduated to coaching MLS.

agree arena is a better coach, which only strengthens my point. arena is the best coach of that generation. but he had his 8 yr term and went out with a whimper. sticking with his apprentice instead of looking to cultivate the evolution of the sport in this country by bringing in kinnear is ridiculous. DK helped bring US soccer into modern era as a player in early 90s (54 caps) and has ALREADY done everything in MLS that arena and BB have - winning division or MLS cup every season from 05-09. there is nothing left for him to do in MLS, yet the way to europe has not been paved. USMNT is possibly a way and he should be in charge.

fishy/other BB supporters - why would you rather see more or BB than give kinnear a chance NOW?

Posted by: rainORshine | August 31, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

... yet the way to europe has not been paved.
Posted by: rainORshine
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What do you mean by that? Is it that the USSF should offer Kinnear a stepping stone to a European managerial position?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 31, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

... yet the way to europe has not been paved.
Posted by: rainORshine
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What do you mean by that? Is it that the USSF should offer Kinnear a stepping stone to a European managerial position?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 |

i think a chance to get our best young coach to europe would be ONE of the many reasons to consider hiring DK - the biggest of which would be that he is the best person to move the USMNT program forward...

obviously part of the evolution is sending PLAYERS to europe. well, the next step (one of them) is getting coaches over there. europe did not want BB. why do we?

Posted by: rainORshine | August 31, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

It's going to be very, very difficult for an American to manage in Europe. The right situation is going to have to happen, and I doubt it will be in a top 4 league.

Of course, Kinnear has Scottish roots and connections, so that would make it much easier...

Posted by: Reignking | August 31, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

I dont get the Kinner talk. If he is such a magical coach why is Ricardo Clark and average player? Surely he should have done better...

Posted by: grubbsbl | August 31, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Also can we end the CAPS of important words. I can read for comprehension.

Posted by: grubbsbl | August 31, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Sorry. ussf

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 31, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

I dont get the Kinnear stuff either, though I could be missing some sort of nuance in the argument. Nowak would seem like a much better choice.

Posted by: VTUnited | August 31, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

I dont get the Kinner talk. If he is such a magical coach why is Ricardo Clark and average player? Surely he should have done better...

Posted by: grubbsbl | August 31, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Also can we end the CAPS of important words. I can read for comprehension.

Posted by: grubbsbl

guess if clark would have stayed in houston he could have been the HERO instead of the GOAT...

Posted by: rainORshine | August 31, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

nice to see that the level of discourse has improved considerably since the first couple Bradley posts. i've been on the fence about bringing him back, but i think it's th ebst choice right now for the continuity and budgetary reasons already mentioned. i think he can continue to make this team better over the next 4 years as his options grow. but the thought of having some quality young coaches in the pipeline is comforting.

regarding the Americas abroad: is moving to the Belgian league really that big of an upgrade for Kljestan (besides maybe from a $$ standpoint)? i guess he's hoping to use it as a springboard to a bigger league, but really i don't think there's much quality difference between MLS and the 2nd tier European leagues at this point.

and Freddy Adu is a lost cause until further notice.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | August 31, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

I'm satisfied with Bradley, if not downright happy. I don't care what people say, he did a fine job as coach, and the U.S. is now deeper/better in the player pool than ever before.

I don't see where Klinsmann would have helped our U-20's, or our youth developmental system overall. If we aren't producing quality strikers, for instance, is that Bob's fault? He made the best with what he had to work with.

Now, he isn't perfect. Another coach would have given the hot striker, Edson Buddle, a chance in the World Cup over the struggling (overrated?) Jozy Altidore. That is but one mistake. But, for every mistake he has made, he's made several good moves.

We are moving in the right direction overall, and will continue in that direction under Bob. So, I don't care what the haters say, I've been following U.S. Soccer for many years and these past couple of years have been as good as any period, ever.

GO USA!!!!!

Posted by: CyberCosmiX | August 31, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

The latest development in USMNT manager position isn't encouraging for a guy like me, who is in his late 60s and hopes to see our football reach the elite level in his lifetime. Based on what I saw in the last four years of the results of our MNT, I can't say honestly that I have been impressed with BB. In the relatively weak CONCACAF, where our only real challenger is Mexico, it's almost chicken feed to qualify for WC -- given that the top three teams from this group qualify. So, qualifying is really no big deal. BB's performance in the recent WC was, at best, bad -- considering his bad choice of players, sticking to players that shouldn't be in the teams in the first place (as if he is teaching a kindergarten class), failure to adequately prefer his players mentally, etc.

Our beating of Spain was really not because BB coached a great match, but simply because our players took it onto themselves to play with pride and our being overlooked by Spain. Just look at our overall results in friendly matches with the other European teams and Brazil. It was pitiful.

If BB is such a good coach worth another four years with our MNT, how come not any European or Mexican clubs is pursuing him after this WC?

How did Sunil Gulati ever became USSF president? When is his term expiring? Hopefully, very soon.

How should we improve our player development system? With such a huge population and resources that are the envy of many other countries, why is our football still below par with the elites?

Posted by: futboldreamer | August 31, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

This entrenched New Jersey-New York cabal of Lumpy Arena, Boo Bradley, Pampered & Entitled White Boys, Enabling & Groveling Yes-Men (including media-insider operatives such as S. Goff), and Sunil Gulati have created--and fostered--a stunningly incompetent, moribund
American soccer (sic) dynasty.
Reminder: We are the supposed premier socio-economic, cultural & sport leader globally; a nation of near-300 million diverse peoples. Oooooh, the humanity!?!

Posted by: Lehoi | September 1, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

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